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The Journal of the History of Ideas awards the Selma V. Forkosch Prize ($500) for the best article published in the journal each year.

The winner of the JHI's Selma V. Forkosch Prize for the best article published in Volume 79 (2018) is Federica Morelli for “Race, Wars, and Citizenship: Free People of Color in the Spanish American Independence” volume 79, number 1, pages 143–56.

For a list of the Selma V. Forkosch prize winners click here.

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The Journal of the History of Ideas awards the Morris D. Forkosch Prize ($2,000) for the best book in intellectual history each year.

The winner of the 2017 Morris D. Forkosch is Eli Cook, for The Pricing of Progress: Economic Indicators and the Capitalization of American Life (Harvard University Press).

 

Statement from the judging committee: 

The 2017 Forkosch Prize for the best first book in intellectual history goes to Eli Cook’s The Pricing of Progress: Economic Indicators and the Capitalization of American Life. As beautifully written as it is thought-provoking, this study illuminates the emergence of the idea that society is something to be invested in, to be capitalized, something, therefore, whose health can be evaluated statistically whether through measures of the cost of alcoholism or of worker productivity. Displaying impressive historical breadth, Cook moves from William Petty’s formative essay “Verbum sapienti and the Value of People” of 1665 to the adoption of the GDP as the standard measure of national health during the Great Depression, bringing to bear a vast range of thinkers—church ministers, business people, economists, politicians, bureaucrats, and social reformers—along the way. Meticulously and innovatively merging the history of economics and economic thought with intellectual and cultural history, The Pricing of Progress is essential reading for anyone interested in the ubiquity of the notions of capitalization and monetization in contemporary American society and politics.

 

­Eligible submissions are limited to the first book published by a single author, and to books published in English. The subject matter of submissions must pertain to one or more of the disciplines associated with intellectual history and the history of ideas broadly conceived: viz., history (including the histories of the various arts and sciences); philosophy (including the philosophy of science, aesthetics, and other fields); political thought; the social sciences (including anthropology, economics, political science, and sociology); and literature (including literary criticism, history and theory). 

 

No translations or collections of essays will be considered. The judges will favor publications displaying sound scholarship, original conceptualization, and significant chronological and interdisciplinary scope. 

 

Submissions are accepted directly from publishers or directly from authors. The deadline to submit books published in 2018 is March 1, 2019. Please send three copies of each book you wish to submit for consideration to the JHI office at the address below:

Journal of the History of Ideas
3600 Market Street, Ste. 560
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2649

 

For further information, please contact the office at jhi@history.upenn.edu.

 

For a list of the Morris D. Forkosch prize winners click here.